ARE WE, AUTHORS, ISLANDS?
The old concept of the author far from the real world, surrounded by wonderful stories, voluntarily isolated to maximize his creativity. Very romantic. Yes sure. In the nineteen century.
The author had evolved and now is in front of his computer, tipping while receiving a notification in the task bar of a new email of Amazon KDP on the top of the inbox. “Good! The payment of the royalties from last month arrived” In the browser, the twitter extension announces that one of his followers reply one of his tweets. His fingers stop. "I must see it". Then, remember that is writing an essay about the civil war. "Focus, focus".
And I am talking only of the virtual distractions. It’s hard to concentrate and feel inspired at home, with kids running around and a husband / wife demanding attention.
So, the concept of being an island is pretty attractive. I am sure that authors from two hundred years could hardly endure one single day of the routine of a writer in the XXI century.
The social media can be overwhelming but is also necessary. Actually, I believe that modern authors have additional skills, and in a few years we’ll develop an extra hand as a consequence of this process of evolution.
I am not talking literally, of course, but the pressure will be easy to manage while we used to this new world.